In Welsh, -wyn is a masculine ending and -wen is a feminine ending. In the USA, people often end girls' names with -wyn because they think it looks more "authentic." (i.e., Bronwyn, Gwyn instead of Bronwen and Gwen). In Welsh, these two syllables are pronounced differently. There is no neutral vowel or schwa sound for unstressed syllables like in English (i.e, we would pronounced Shannon, Shannin, Shannon, Shannyn, and Shannan more or less the same). Because of this, in Welsh, Arwen would be pronounced /AR wen/ and Arwyn is /AR win/.

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See Also: Arwen, Arrowin

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